The easiest method to move a MonetDB to a new location, or to create a copy for back-up purposes, runs as follows. First stop the database server by calling the monetdb management tool
bash> monetdb lock dbname
When the server is stopped, you can still connect as a database administrator to ensure that all (update) queries have ceased execution (see system monitor). Once satisfied that the activity has ceased, you can either follow the safe route to dump/restore a database, or perform a file-level RSYNC or RCP to copy the complete <dbfarm>/<dbname> directory to another dbfarm location. The MonetDB daemon process attached to the remote <dbfarm> will pick it up and makes it visible for connections. Finally, perform the following operation to continue processing user requests at the orginal server.
bash> monetdb release dbname